Gale Anne Hurd

Producer, Screenwriter
Instrumental in creating the contemporary concept of the "event" motion picture, a movie so vast in scope and appeal that it takes on a life of its own in the world audience's imagination, producer Gale Anne Hurd began ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (43)

Fear The Walking Dead 2014 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Walking Dead 2010 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Falling Water 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hunters 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gaiking 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Very Good Girls 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Last Man Standing 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Punisher: War Zone 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aeon Flux 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Punisher 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Adventure Inc. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

True Whispers: The True Story of the Navajo Codetalkers 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Clockstoppers 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dick 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Virus 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Man on Campus 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Going West in America 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Relic 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sugartime 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Raising Cain 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Waterdance 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Downtown 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tremors 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alien Nation 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Dreams 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Smokey Bites the Dust 1981 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Cast a Deadly Spell (TV Show)

Producer

The Boston Stranglers (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wronged Man (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Witch Hunt (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (10)

Face Off 2016 (Tv Show)

Judge

Talking Dead 2011, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Birth of the Living Dead 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Talking Dead Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: Stan Winston 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole World Is Watching 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2007 - 2009, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Source Material

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (1)

The Georgia Peaches 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Production Coordinator

Biography

Instrumental in creating the contemporary concept of the "event" motion picture, a movie so vast in scope and appeal that it takes on a life of its own in the world audience's imagination, producer Gale Anne Hurd began her career as Roger Corman's assistant at New World Pictures, moving through the ranks to the company's head of marketing and later as a production executive. She ventured out on her own as producer (and co-writer) of future husband James Cameron's innovative "The Terminator" (1984). Although Orion had serious doubts anyone would be interested in a sci-fi thriller with a female protagonist, the film's overwhelming box-office success conditioned Hollywood to the then-novel idea of a female producer. Hurd solidified her reputation in the action-adventure genre, producing the Cameron-helmed "Aliens" (1986), a superior sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien," featuring a buff Sigourney Weaver, and "The Abyss" (1989), with a central story about a marital breakup that reportedly mirrored the real-life one between her and Cameron. Both films were also noted for employing cutting edge special effects but allowing their casts to shine as well. Despite their divorce, Hurd and Cameron reteamed for the blockbuster sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), which once again pushed the limits of FX technology.

Relationships

Lolita Espiau

Mother

James Cameron Actor

Husband
Married in 1985 Co-wrote "The Terminator" (1984); Hurd produced Cameron's films including "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986), "The Abyss" (1989), and "Terminator 2" (1991) Divorced in 1989

James Cameron

Husband
married in 1985 divorced in 1989 reportedly used their marital breakup as fodder for the lead couple in "The Abyss" (1989)

Jonathan Hensleigh

Husband
scripted "Armageddon"

Frank Hurd

Father

Brian Palma

Husband
married on July 20, 1991 separated in September 1992 divorced

Lolita Palma

Daughter
born on September 19, 1991 in Palo Alto, California father, Brian De Palma

EDUCATION

Palm Springs High School

Palm Springs, California 1973

Stanford University

Stanford, California 1977
elected to Phi Beta Kappa in junior year; spent two quarters in her junior year at the university's British campus

Stanford University

Stanford, California 1977
elected to Phi Beta Kappa in junior year; spent two quarters in her junior year at the university's British campus

Milestones

2001

Served as producer of the sci-fi comedy "Clockstoppers"

1999

Produced the comedy "Dick", about two high school students who become embroiled in Watergate

1998

Had blockbuster hit as one of the producers of "Armageddon"; co-scripted by third husband Jonathan Hensleigh; film received four Oscar nominations

1997

Served as producer of the thrillers "The Relic" and "SwitchBack" and the disaster-themed "Dante's Peak"

1997

Announced attempt to block sale of the rights to a third "Terminator" film to producer Andy Vajna by the bankrupt Carolco Pictures; Hurd later withdrew her opposition

1996

Produced the period drama "The Ghost and the Darkness"

1995

Was executive producer of the HBO biopic "Sugartime", centering on the relationship between singer Phyllis McGuire and reputed mob boss Sam Giancana

1994

Sued by producer Dan Lupovitz over his participation in the film "Safe Passage"; suit dismissed in 1996

1994

Was producer of the action adventure "No Escape", helmed by Campbell

1992

First and only collaboration with De Palma, "Raising Cain"

1992

On a different note, produced the arty independent "The Waterdance", which received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and won two Independent Spirit Awards (Best First Feature and Best Screenplay)

1991

Reteamed with Cameron, serving as executive producer on the sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"; film introduced state-of-the-art special effects including morphing and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning four (for Sound Effects Editing, Makeup,

1991

Signed production deal with Universal for two-year, first-look deal in partnership with second husband Brian De Palma

1991

Produced the HBO film "Cast a Deadly Spell", directed by Martin Campbell

1990

Appeared on NBC News special, "The New Hollywood"

1989

Served as producer of Cameron's underwater thriller "The Abyss"; reportedly the marital breakup of the lead couple in the film was loosely inspired by the realtionship of Cameron and Hurd; film nominated for four Oscars, winning the statue for Best Visual

1988

Produced "Bad Dreams", the first feature under the No Frills Films banner

1988

With Richard Kobritz, produced the feature "Alien Nation"; later was creative consultant for the Fox series "Alien Nation" (1989-1990)

1986

Served as a producer on Cameron's sequel "Aliens"; film garnered seven Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars (Sound Effects and Visual Effects)

1984

Produced (and co-scripted) the hit sci-fi actioner "The Terminator"; first collaboration with James Cameron

1982

Formed Pacific Western Productions

1981

Producing debut (as co-producer), "Smokey Bites the Dust"

1980

Worked as assistant production manager on "Battle Beyond the Stars" and production assistant on "Humanoids From the Deep"

1977

Began career as executive assistant to Roger Corman at New World Pictures

Received offer to work for Roger Corman from a former professor who was working as Corman's head of production

Formed Valhalla Motion Pictures

Formed production company, G.J.P., Inc. with James Cameron

Formed production company, No Frills Films

Worked at New World Pictures, moving up the ranks from assistant to president to director of marketing and publicity to production executive

With Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna, produced the action sequel "Terminator 3" (scheduled for a 2002 release)

Raised in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California

Announced plans to produce "The Hulk", to be directed by Ann Lee

Bonus Trivia

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In 1989 and 1990, Hurd was a juror for both the Focus Student Film Awards and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nichol Fellowship.

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She is a benefactor of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Woman.

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